The drama surrounding Nate Diaz continues to grow as the outspoken star took to Instagram to complain about his removal the UFC rankings.
The former #5 lightweight was removed earlier this week by the UFC with president, Dana White, explaining that the decision came down to Diaz rejecting new fights.
It's been no secret for the past couple of months that Diaz is unhappy with his contract and wants to either renegotiate or be released, which is why he's rejecting new fights.
White has said that Diaz needs money and is expected to fight soon, however, after the announcement of Jim Miller vs Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone for UFC Fight Night 45 in July, it emerged that he was just straight up refusing to fight.
Once it emerged from the UFC that they had removed him for not fighter and a period of inactivity, the Stockton based fighter took to his Instagram page to critique the fight history of the current UFC Lightweight champion, Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis.
He posted this picture of Pettis' last four fights, which date back to October 2011, putting with it "@UFC lol this is inactivity".
It's been no secret that Pettis is injury prone and with his status as champion, it's incredibly frustrating for the UFC and fans alike who want to see the Lightweight division grow, especially with the talent pool it currently has.
Pettis' last fight was in August 2013 and he won't fight again until December, when he faces Gilbert Melendez. This is due to injury and the UFC wanting the fighters to be the coaches of TUF: 20.
However, despite 'Showtime' being delayed over and over, his reasons for not fighting are legitimate inability, while Diaz is just trying to back the UFC into a corner.
Diaz is just three fights into a new contract, which was frontloaded for his fight with then-champion Benson Henderson and his pay of just $15,000 for his win over Gray Maynard just two fights later, show that his team were banking on him defeating Henderson.
He remains one of the biggest draws in the lightweight division, so a new contract wouldn't be an unjust reward but with out his older brother Nick has gone into 'semi-retirement' due to a big payday on a new contract, it's understandable the UFC are hesitant to act.
Speaking about Diaz, White said: "You saw what's happened on Twitter and all of these things. He wants to be released, he wants to be paid more money, he wants all this stuff. He just signed a new contract. He's under a new contract right now and we offer him fights. He says he doesn't turn down the fights because nobody responds.
"ust because you don't respond doesn't mean you didn't turn down the fight! Not responding means you turned it down. I don't know how long we're going to play this game, but there's no sense in hurting the other fighters that are staying active and working their way up in the rankings, for a guy who's inactive and we don't know when he's going to fight again. He's still under contract."
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